Barry Jones lecture - 17 November at Anglesea. Places are filling up very quickly, so get your name down if you would like to attend.
Spring Creek House Courses: Members might be interested in signing up for two new Spring Creek Community House courses - Online Shopping and iPad for Beginners. Please note that these are fee-paying courses and are not covered by your U3A membership fee. Check out the U3A noticeboard at the House for more details and register directly at the office.
Cafe Italiana - The November session will be held on 14 November because the Melbourne Cup happens on the first Tuesday.
Office Volunteers - we now have a strong team of volunteers who are learning the 'ins and outs' of U3A office management. Thanks ladies - you will be experts in no time!
Do you like our new website? You can 'talk' to us any time by going to the Contact Us page and sending your comments on the online form - much simpler (and more secure) than sending an email. You can also sign our Guestbook at the bottom of this page.
Toni McCormack: Many of you will know well the organisational skills of our course coordinator, Toni McCormack but you may not know how Toni came by these remarkable organising skills.
Toni has a background in education, local government and management. A teacher for over twenty-five years, she moved on to management and communication roles, and prior to retirement she was employed as Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Water Industry Association. Her local government experience includes eleven years as a Councillor of the City of Warrnambool including serving as the first female Mayor between 1987 and 1990. As a lecturer at RMIT TAFE in the early 1990s she wrote and taught courses in local government, and in 1993 she was appointed as one the four Commissioners to set up the City of Greater Geelong, followed by a term as sole Commissioner to establish Surf Coast Shire.
Toni was privileged to receive the award of Medal of the Order of Australia in June 2014 for service to the community through her involvement in local government, transport and volunteer organisations. She was also honoured to be named a Paul Harris Fellow by East Warrnambool Rotary Club in 1989. Toni was a founding director of the Victorian Institute of Sport, the foundation Chair of the Victorian Coastal Council, a director of the Public Transport Ombudsman Board and a director of South West Water. She is vice-President of Lions Village Torquay Inc; has served on the Board of Spring Creek Community House; and has been actively involved in establishing the University of the Third Age Surf Coast.
In addition to earlier academic qualifications, including a Master of Arts (Communication) from Monash University, Toni has recently completed a Graduate Diploma of Local, Family and Applied History through the University of New England. She is currently researching and writing about the way of life that her great-grandmother might have enjoyed as a young bride on the goldfields of central Victoria.
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